Spring!

by KateG on 06/09/2013

in Whip-Up

blossoms

In my patch of the world spring has arrived!  We have four very distinct seasons where I am, and these are the blossoms that greet me every time I arrive home, or walk out to the mail box.  Bees and tiny birds are all over my tree, it makes me so happy.  I feel like I’m coming out of winter hibernation, and feel energised to make, to read, to cook, and to spend more time outside.

I’m racing to finish knitting a cardigan so that I can wear it on cool mornings and evenings before it’s time to tuck my winter woollens away for their summer sleep.  Soon enough I’ll be avoiding large knitted projects and sticking to smaller and cooler knits like socks and little shawls, and if last year and the year before that are any indication, I will get enthused to start summer knits just in time for the cooler weather to come back.  There’s always next summer to wear them, right?

I am not and will never be a monogamous crafter, with too many projects on the go at all times, so I’m never not knitting or spinning or crocheting or sewing something. I seem to knit more during winter, when it’s snuggly warm and no hardship to have a cardigan or blanket on the needles and on my lap on the same time.  Summer is my time for spinning, where I don’t have much fluff in contact with my skin, and the wheel creates a gentle breeze that keeps me cool.  It feels a bit like stockpiling yarn and ideas during summer, so that in winter I can really bed down and make something from my baskets and baskets of yarn.

How does your crafting change through the seasons? What’s the climate like where you are now, and what are you up to?

submit an idea to whipup :: vagusvenus [at] gmail [dot] com

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Have you ever seen a tractor so glorious?

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I saw these pictures of a Yarnbombed Tractor named Alice, part of Kingaroy’s Tractor Tattoo, on Sparkling Adventures.

I’d love to share some more yarn bombing.  If you have yarn bombed, or know of any yarn bombing, let me know all about it in the comments, or send me some info and pics to vagusvenus (at) gmail (dot) com

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Hobby Horse        9. ladybug

Picture-18       bottles1forweb

There are so many fun tutorials on Whipup, I can hardly keep track of them all.  Here are a few fun soft toy tutorials that you might have missed.

Hobby horse by Abby Glassenberg

Ladybug by Lisa Ramsay Whitesell

Felt mouse puppet by Delia

Felted milk and juice bottles for pretend play by Katie Startzman

 

 

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Reviewed by Julie: a slightly unhinged fabric junkie! She is stitching and crafting obsessed as well as being addicted to tea and cake. She is a work at home Mumma to three energetic little girls and blogs at procrasticraft.

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The Mr of our house recently stated that “we eat too much meat”. I took this a challenge to prepare and eat only vegetarian meals for a whole week (not long really, I know! BUT, I have a house full of meat lovers) and thankfully the very next day, Ross Dobson’s Fired Up Vegetarian arrived in the post for review! I love how serendipitous life can be on occasion.

This is one cracker of a vegetarian cookbook. The recipes really do work as complete meals even for my carnivorous family. The most amazing transformation for us was that it has even inspired the non-cooking Mr of the house to commit to cooking one vego meal each week! The flavours throughout are diverse including Asian, Middle Eastern, European and South American dishes and the book includes useful tips and advice for maximising your barbecue potential.

With Fathers Day coming here in Australia next Sunday, as a gift for Dad the author has kindly provided a recipe for us to share with Whipup readers and the good folks at Murdoch Books have provided us with a copy to giveaway to one lucky reader. Just comment below with your favourite vegetarian meal idea (I love a good recipe tip!).

**Conditions:  Comments must be received by 8am Tuesday 27 August.  The winner will be selected by random number generator and announced on Whipup.net on Tuesday 27 August.  We apologise to our international readers but this giveaway is open to Australian residents only **

Thanks to those who shared their recipes with me, Number 2 was chosen by the random number generator. Congratulations Catherine.

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Science and yarn, two of my favourite things.  Geekiness and creativity, I’m a happy lady!

MAD Science hat

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Hyperbolic Plane

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Amigurumi Test Tubes

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Arriba Amoeba Mitts

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Brain hat

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Neuron softie

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Do you know of any awesome science crafting?  Let us know in the comments so we can all love them too.

All of these patterns are found on Ravelry.

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